Thousands of state workers get raises despite budget gaps
BATON ROUGE - At least $8 million in pay raises have been granted to thousands of Louisiana's state workers this budget year, despite the worst financial gaps the state has seen since 1988.
The cost of those raises will grow to at least $15 million for the next budget year, when they are annualized, according to data gathered from departments by The Associated Press.
Some pay hikes were given by former Gov. Bobby Jindal's cabinet secretaries shortly before they exited office, leaving Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration to deal with the long-term financial implications.
Jindal's transportation secretary gave out raises to 3,800 workers about a week before that administration left.
Other salary boosts were given by statewide elected officials who remain in office, including the insurance commissioner, secretary of state and agriculture commissioner.
Though Louisiana continues to struggle with budget shortfalls,
Here's a look at some of the departments that doled out the pay hikes:
TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT
-Raises given Jan. 1
-$4.1M cost in current budget year
-$8.6M cost next budget year
-Raises given Dec. 21
-$953,260 cost in current budget year
-$1.9 million cost next budget year
WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES
-Raises given Dec. 21
-$1.1M cost in current budget year
-$2.1M cost next budget year
COASTAL PROTECTION AND RESTORATION AUTHORITY
-Raises given in December
-$317,000 cost in current budget year
-$423,000 cost next budget year
-Raises given Jan. 4
-$171,168 cost in current budget year
-$370,864 cost next budget year
SECRETARY OF STATE
-Raises given Oct. 1
-$368,329 cost in current budget year
-$491,105 cost next budget year
AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY
-Raises given between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31
-$706,105 cost in current budget year
-$987,029 cost next budget year
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